Maria de Villota will not race in Jerez, Emilio de Villota takes over car no. 3! Maria de Villota, the driver of Racing Engineering's car number 3, will not race at the Jerez meeting of the Spanish Formula 3 Championship taking place on the 9th...
Maria de Villota will not race in Jerez, Emilio de Villota takes over car no. 3!
Maria de Villota, the driver of Racing Engineering's car number 3, will not race at the Jerez meeting of the Spanish Formula 3 Championship taking place on the 9th and 10th of October. Maria, who hasn't had the best of luck during the season so far, suffered physical injuries during the second race of the Valencia meeting, which will keep her from racing on Racing Engineering's home track. The name "de Villota" will nevertheless be displayed on the timesheets in Jerez as Maria's brother, Emilio, will be her substitute.
In a racing incident between Maria de Villota and Hector Suarez during the second race of the last meeting of the Spanish Formula 3 Championship taking place in Valencia, the Racing Engineering driver injured her hand. What in the beginning seemed as not very serious turned out to be broken ligaments in the thumb and a broken metacarpal bone. These severe injuries required an operation, which was conducted the week following the race. Maria will therefore not be able to participate in the two Jerez races and is obviously not happy about this situation. Much like the rest of the Racing Engineering team. However, Maria will be present at the Jerez track -- especially to support her car, carrying the number 3.
Racing Engineering's car number 3 will be driven by Maria's brother, Emilio de Villota, who is already experienced in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship. Emilio raced in this championship in 2002 and 2003. For the 2004 season Emilio is participating in the Formula BMW Baviera Championship, where he is opting for the title, looking back at two wins, two podiums and two track records. The Formula BMW Baviera has it's final round in Jerez, so Emilio will be busy switching between cars. The 22 years old Spaniard mentioned before this weekend, "I would like to thank Maria, Mapfre, HOLA! and Racing Engineering for giving me such an opportunity. I am also competing in the Formula BMW Baviera this weekend, where I am fighting for the championship title. I am indeed looking forward to this weekend."
"It's a very tough year for Maria and this was definitely the last thing we all needed. But at the moment the most important thing is that she recovers quickly so to race again in Barcelona," Alfonso de Orleans stated. "We are happy that she comes to Jerez anyway, although we would have preferred to see her racing. She is a hard worker and very ambitious, so it will be tough. We as a team have to concentrate on Emilio now as it is his first race meeting with Racing Engineering. We know he is a fast driver and I am convinced he will represent well the name de Villota."